Monday, September 20

The Book Of Accidents: The First Two Weeks

Its a horror novel from snout to tail, from teeth to taint, and thats a jump. Ive currently been lucky enough not to develop a “”” brand name””” in one category over another, which lets me stick and move a little bit more easily from story to story without worrying that my “”” audience””” will not follow me from, say, nine books of intense Cat Mysteries to a tenth book of Grimdark Portal Fantasy. Im fortunate adequate to not have protected an early impressive success in one direction, so Im allowed the flexibility a bit more simple go in any instructions I d like.

Was it a book that would and could work? Was it a book that made sense to the time in which it was written, but also a book that works beyond that time?

The book was originally slated to come out in October 2020, and we ducked that date since of the election, not since of the pandemic (which at the time we still didnt understand about, however definitely would soon enough aahahahahaha aaahhh sob). I could focus on pacing, on cutting bits of tissue and then suturing, on making sure all the narrative connections were there, and made sense. It was hard, strange work, however I actually enjoyed it.

This was not a book whose success I felt made certain– its a complex, big-hearted horror book with a lot going on under the hood. And though my editor (the extremely sensible Tricia Narwani) guaranteed me it worked, I just had no chance of truly understanding. Stabilizing all those pieces together was difficult. As Ive noted in a number of the discussions and talks Ive provided over the last few weeks, this was a book really made in the edit (as lots of are). The first draft had all the bones and the majority of the meat, but subsequent drafts were an act of rewiring capillaries, neurons, sinew. A fantastic editor sees what the author is attempting to do and helps cut the course in that instructions– assisting to bring the writers vision out so it becomes the best variation of that vision, and I certainly hoped thats what occurred here, however I actually had no chance of knowing.

Its been 2 weeks since haunted houses, coal mines, missing out on serial killers, and other headaches have been on the menu with the release of The Book of Accidents, so I figured I d talk a little about the book and where its at now.

However, I still stressed– would this book work, would it connect, would individuals read it?

Therefore far, the response appears to be … perhaps, meticulously, yes?

While we did not strike the vaunted-and-often-indecipherable New York Times Bestseller List, the book did land on a couple of lists, if such a thing matters to you:

What else?

U.S.A. Today

I appeared on WFMZ to discuss the book.

ABA (National Indie Bestseller list).

NOW, I NAP.

Thanks to readers, of course, and to booksellers, too, who supported the book and continue to share it with their book-hunting customers. Librarians, too, share this magic, and thank you to all the libraries who have actually added this to their racks.

I did a huge sprawly interview at Sci-Fi Bulletin about the book.

Publishers Weekly

PNBA (Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association).

WCNC in Charlotte hosted Park Road Books, and they suggested the book (but pro-tip, everybody there– I went to school in Charlotte, to Queens, therefore you should completely point out that since yay Charlotte?).

Im chilling with Brandy Schillace on Peculiar Book Club on August 12th at 7pm. It ought to be fun!

Financial Times says:.

The book is all yours now. I hope youll keep talking about it. I hope you buy a thousand copies and provide them out at airports like the members of a religious cult.

Aaaaand. Yeah. Yeah!

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” This is a full-blooded rural haunted house chiller with something for everybody …”.

Point is, thank you. And thanks to the book shops that hosted: Boswell Books, The Strand, University Bookstore, Powells, Doylestown Bookshop, Midtown Scholar, Lets Play Books, Fountain Bookstore.

And I think at some point I must compose up the connections between those 2 books …

This was not a book whose success I felt was sure– its a complicated, big-hearted scary book with a lot going on under the hood. As Ive noted in many of the discussions and talks Ive given over the last few weeks, this was a book really made in the edit (as lots of are). The book was initially slated to come out in October 2020, and we ducked that date since of the election, not since of the pandemic (which at the time we still didnt know about, but certainly would soon enough aahahahahaha aaahhh sob). Was it a book that made sense to the time in which it was composed, however also a book that works beyond that time? Ive currently been lucky enough not to develop a “”” brand name””” in one category over another, which lets me stick and move a little bit more quickly from story to story without fretting that my “”” audience””” wont follow me from, state, nine books of extreme Cat Mysteries to a tenth book of Grimdark Portal Fantasy.

A tip that the book is an IndieNext pick for August.

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